Dig finds a glimpse into street’s forgotten history

ARTEFACTS from a forgotten street in Huntingdon town centre have been put on display as the site archaeologist s appeal for information on the mysterious Dilley s Yard. So far, a writing slate, tiles, boots and even toothbrushes have been found at the sit

ARTEFACTS from a forgotten street in Huntingdon town centre have been put on display as the site archaeologist's appeal for information on the mysterious Dilley's Yard.

So far, a writing slate, tiles, boots and even toothbrushes have been found at the site, which is off Princes Street, where the town's former library once stood.

The street dates back to at least the 19th Century and some finds at the site suggest it goes back even further. It is believed the street contained homes and workshops and was named after an auctioneer who lived nearby.

Historians already know of a hairdresser named William Clark who lived in the area in the 1890s but are appealing for anyone with information on the site to come forward.

Aileen Connor, from site developers Clegg's, said: "The excavations follow work completed in 2005 at the site of what is now Huntingdon Law Centre - but we have been surprised by what we have found at this site.

"We have found visible foundations showing square rooms along with bottles, plates and shoes under what was a car park.

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"We believe Dilley's Yard sat on the same alignment as a much earlier street - there is a wealth of history there and we would be delighted to hear from anyone with memories."

INFORMATION: Anyone with information on the history of Dilley's Yard can send details to editor@huntspost.co.uk or to 30 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TB. You can also contact Clegg's on 01954 273333.

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